Hiking the Wilds of Northern NH

Northern NH has endless opportunities for hiking enthusiasts. Our unique area offers a vast variety of hiking terrain. Whether you’re looking to take a family friendly hike or challenge yourself to reach new heights, you can accomplish it all here in the North Country. The wildlife & breathtaking vistas you will experience are truly one of a kind. 

Here is a list of suggested hiking trails in the area:

The Johnson Memorial Trail (N45 03.098 W07122.808)

The Arthur and Christie Johnson Memorial Park trailhead is located 1/8 mile north of the Pittsburg Village on Route 3, across from the Pittsburg Fire and Rescue building. Parking is available to either side of the gate. Please do not block the gate. There are several trail loops to explore. The Outer and Inner Loop Trails provide wildlife viewing opportunities, especially at the beaver pond. Several species of birds including Osprey are often seen here.  

Diamond Ridge 

Head north on Route 3 and turn left onto Magalloway Road. After the bridge, bear left onto Smith Brook Road. Continue on for approximately 2.6 miles to a grouping of camps. Continuing past the camps, take the first right at gate #166. Continue straight at junction 450, following the scenic vista sign. Park at junction 416. You will only need to walk a short distance to the top for a spectacular view.

Dixville Notch Heritage Trail

There are numerous trails accessible in Dixville Notch that will lead you to popular places such as Huntington Falls, Table Rock, Sanguinary Summit, Panorama Lean-to, the Three Brothers Trail and Dixville Peak to mention a few. Trailheads are located at the Balsams entrance, the Wayside Picnic Area and at the Baby Flume. To get to Dixville Notch travel south on Route 3 to the town of Colebrook. Turn onto route 26 east and travel for 10 miles to Dixville Notch.

Left: The view from Table Rock.

Monadnock Mountain

The trail head parking is located on Route 102 in Lemington, VT, south of Canaan, VT and west of Colebrook, NH. Follow Bridge Street in Colebrook, NH across the bridge to the stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign and travel only about 500 feet. Turn left into the gravel pit and park. The trailhead sign is located in the gravel pit. The hike is about a two-hour steady climb. The trail is maintained by local boy scouts and is well marked. Once you reach the peak of the mountain there is a newly refurbished fire tower surrounded by thick woods. The breathtaking views from the top of the fire tower allow you to view Vermont, New Hampshire and southern Quebec. 

Left: One of the many spectacular views from the Monadnock Mountain fire tower.

Indian Stream Canyon

To get to the Canyon take Indian Stream Road in Pittsburg, NH. Follow Indian Stream Road to the 16 mile marker. There will be signage as well as a parking area. Located at the headwaters of Indian Stream, the Canyon is a half mile gorge that shows a variety of geological rock formations, such as zebra striped rocks, born when white quartz forced its way into gray slate. These are beds of boulders, some of them pink granite, deposited when glaciers moved through thousands of years ago. 


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